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Firing Line with William F. Buckley: Saint or Sinner: Junipero Serra

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Firing Line with William F. Buckley: Saint or Sinner: Junipero Serra

Published March 17, 1989

Description: In this episode of William F. Buckley's Firing Line television show, the Reverend Noel Maholy and Edward Castillo join Buckley to discuss Junipero Serra.

Firing Line Program Catalog: Junipero Serra, the Franciscan founder of the string of missions along the California coast, had been beatified by Pope John Paul II, raising protests from those, like Mr. Castillo, who believe "that the system that he established here was not of benefit to the Indians." Today's conversation doesn't always connect, but there are interesting bits along the way. Father Maholy: "If at any time I became convinced that Father Junipero Serra was not a saint in his own day and in his death, I would have asked to be relieved of the job, because there are too many valuable things to be done and important things to be done." Mr. Buckley finds it, well, outrageous that an "Ad Hoc Serra Outrage Committee"-- according to a newspaper headline, of "Indian and leftist and atheist groups"--was presuming to tell the Church who was and wasn't a saint.

Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1 inch videotape

Additional Source Information: Program S0809, PBS-1832.

Collection: Firing Line broadcasts

Program Number: s0809

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Run time 00:29:26
Producer Southern Educational Communications Association (SECA)
Production Company Southern Educational Communications Association (SECA)
Audio/Visual Sound, Color
Language English
Contact Information Hoover Institution Archives, 434 Galvez Mall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-6010 Archives Reference: (650) 723-3563 Email Archives Reference:


Host: William F. Buckley
Guests: Reverend Noel Maholy and Edward Castillo
Moderator: Robert Shrum


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